Sunday, June 24, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1969)

August 17, 1969

The Poseidon Adventure
by Paul Gallico
Coward-McCann, 1969

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Paperback Procession: The Spaghetti Western Edition, Part 1

Above from Westerns...All'Italiana!
(Issue #3, September/October 1985)

A Fistful of Dollars
by Frank Chandler [Terry Harknett]
Tandem, 1972 (British)
Novelization of 1964 film

For a Few Dollars More
by Joe Millard
Award, 1969

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
by Joe Millard
Award, 1967
Novelization (with 3 different covers)

A Dollar to Die For
by Brian Fox [Todhuner Ballard]
Award, 1967
Original novel in a series

A Coffin Full of Dollars
by Joe Millard
Award, 1971
Original novel in a series

The Devil's Dollar Sign
by Joe Millard
Award, 1972
Original novel in a series

The Million Dollar Blood Hunt
by Joe Millard
Award, 1973
Original novel in a series

Blood for a Dirty Dollar
by Joe Millard
Award, 1973
Original novel in a series

Duck You Sucker
by James Lewis
Award, 1971

A Fistful of Dynamite
by James Lewis
Tandem, 1971 (British)
(Film a.k.a. DUCK YOU SUCKER)

The Mercenary
by Burt Hirschfeld
Lancer, 1969

The Amigos
by Pico Rivera
Dell, 1975
Novelization of DEAF SMITH AND JOHNNY EARS (1973)

by Brian Fox [Todhunter Ballard]
Award, 1970
Novelization (with 2 different covers, 1 w/sticker)

Return of Sabata
by Brian Fox [Todhunter Ballard]
Award, 1971

Adios, Sabata
by Alice Denham
Popular Library, 1970

A Town Called Bastard
by William Terry [Terry Harknett]
New English Library, 1971 (British)
(Film a.k.a. A TOWN CALLED HELL)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: MUCKALUCK (1980)

May 4, 1980

by Richard Andersen
Delacorte Press, 1980

The movie was never produced.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: HARD FALL (1992)

January 28, 1992

Hard Fall
by Ridley Pearson
Delacorte Press, 1991

The movie adaptation was never made.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Books Into Films: Announced in the Trades

Here are just a few of the many book-into-film adaptations that were announced in trade papers (Variety, Boxoffice, Hollywood Reporter) but either never got made or were produced years later with different talent in front of and behind the camera.

THE CONFIDENCE MAN (1974) -- A Roger Corman production to be directed by Jonathan Demme, from a screenplay by Demme, based on the novel by Herman Melville

CULLA AND RINTHY (1971) – Stacy Keach to write and direct, based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel Outer Dark

DEADLY EDGE (1972) – Based on the novel by Richard Stark [Donald E. Westlake], to be written by Don Peterson and directed by Peter Yates

THE DEMOLISHED MAN (1977) – Based on the novel by Alfred Bester, written and directed by Brian De Palma

DIRTY LAUNDRY(1979) – Michael Mann to direct, based on a Pete Hamill book

THE EXECUTIONER (1979) – Produced by Burt Reynolds and David Gershenson for 20th Century Fox, based on the Pinnacle action paperback series by Don Pendleton

52 PICK-UP (1975) – Based on the Elmore Leonard novel, produced by Menahem Golan & Yoram Globus, directed by Menahem Golan, starring Joe Don Baker, Trish Van Devere, George Hamilton, Bruce Davison and John Marley. "Production to begin in Israel in December 1975" (Golan & Globus produced two adaptations of this a decade later: THE AMBASSADOR (1984) -- directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Rock Hudson, Robert Mitchum, Ellen Burstyn, Donald Pleasence and Fabio Testi -- was shot in Israel but doesn't credit the novel, and 52 PICKUP (1986) was directed by John Frankenheimer and stars Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, Vanity, and John Glover.)

THE FIRST DEADLY SIN (1974) – To be directed by Don Siegel, based on the novel by Lawrence Sanders (Brian Hutton directed the 1980 movie, which stars Frank Sinatra and Faye Dunaway)

THE HEADHUNTERS (1974) – Arthur Marks movie based on the Pinnacle action paperback series by Brian Boyer & John Weisman

THE HORSE IS DEAD (1978) -- Comedy based on the novel by Robert Klane, produced by Samuel W. Gelfman, directed by Ernest Pintoff

I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN (1968) – Starring Natalie Wood and directed by Sydney Pollack, from the novel by Joanne Greenberg (Kathleen Quinlan ended up starring in director Anthony Page's film, released in 1977)

LETTING GO (1965) – Based on the Philip Roth novel, to be produced by AIP and directed by Harvey Hart

LOVE'S TENDER FURY (1977) - Produced by Julie Corman, from a novel Jennifer Wilde

MOTHER HARLEM (1974) – A sequel to ACROSS 110TH STREET, but not based on a novel by Wally Ferris, to be directed by Barry Shear

THE MOVIEGOER (1978) -- A Roger Corman production starring Karen Black and Sam Waterston, based on Walker Percy's novel. Twenty years later, Avenue Pictures announced another production of this (with a screenplay by Terrence Malick), but that also never came to fruition.

NAMUGONGO (1970) – Cornel Wilde to direct, based on a book by Father A. E. Howell of the Order of the White Fathers, from a script by Clint Johnston and Don Peters

PAST ALL DISHONOR (late 1960s) – To be directed by James B. Harris, based on the novel by James M. Cain

PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW (1968) – James B. Harris signed to direct a script by William Hanley, based on the novel by Francis Pollini (The movie that was made and released in 1971 was directed by Roger Vadim, from a script by Gene Roddenberry)

SITTING PRETTY (1977) - Bill Cosby's plan to turn Al Young's novel Sitting Pretty into a feature film unfortunately never came to fruition, although Young did do uncredited rewrites on the Cosby-Poitier comedy A PIECE OF THE ACTION, also for First Artists.

STAND ON IT (1975) – Screenplay by Lukas Heller, based on the novel by Stroker Ace [William Neely & Robert K. Ottum], to be directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Burt Reynolds (Made by Hal Needham a decade later as STROKER ACE, starring Reynolds, from a script by Needham and Hugh Wilson)

VAMPIRELLA (1975-1977) - Gordon Hessler's unmade VAMPIRELLA movie was to star Barbara Leigh (JUNIOR BONNER, TERMINAL ISLAND). Ron Goulart's six Vampirella novels published by Warner Books -- Bloodstalk (#1), On Alien Wings (#2), Deadwalk (#3), Blood Wedding (#4), Deathgame (#5), and Snakegod (#6) -- all have "Soon to be a major motion picture" on their back covers.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: NOBODY LOVES A DRUNKEN INDIAN (1967)

September 24, 1967

Nobody Loves a Drunken Indian
by Clair Huffaker
David McKay Company, 1967

This was filmed as FLAP (1970), a.k.a. THE LAST WARRIOR, directed by Carol Reed and starring Anthony Quinn, Claude Akins, Tony Bill, Victor Jory and Shelley Winters.